Undergraduate study
Law

LLB (Hons) Law

UCAS code: M100 LLB/LAW

A law degree brings with it prestige, good career prospects and the possibility of an attractive salary but, more than this, it opens a route into the legal profession. As a law graduate you are a fact finder, a problem solver and able to develop reasoned arguments. These skills are transferable enabling a diverse range of career opportunities.

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Minimum of 4 years

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  • Daytime or evening
  • Enrolment date: September
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You study the essential components of law which allow you to achieve a qualifying law degree, as well as choosing from a number of optional modules as diverse as the law of evidence, international law, family law, medical law and employment law.

You learn key skills which you can use in any career – critical appraisal, expressing a logical argument, research skills and fluent communication – and you get a taste of practising law in our replica courtroom. Add this to the experience you could gain from voluntary work, a placement, or Teesside Law Clinic, and you will have the transferable skills that mean you are well placed to work in a range of careers in all sorts of business environments.

To get Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status, you must successfully complete the foundations of legal knowledge; these seven subjects are Contract Law, Public Law, Tort, Land Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, and European Union Law. In addition, a range of option modules are available to choose from in years two and three.

Please note that module titles may be subject to change.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Law, Life and Commercial Awareness

You develop your skills and competencies that underpin the study and practice of law, and introduce consideration of general transferable skills for any workplace.

You carry out practical exercises on a variety of topics where you develop skills and have the opportunity to reflect on your own acquisition and development over the course of the module.

Legal Foundations

The Citizen and the State – Civil Liberties and Human Rights

The Citizen and the State - The Constitution

The Law of Contract

Contract law is one of the most fundamental aspects of law. All contracts are agreements but not all agreements are contracts. This module explores the differences between informal agreements and those enforceable in law. It also covers issues that can arise within a contract including when someone is misled, when a party changes its mind about a contract, when one party does not perform a contract in whole or in part, and when property delivered as part of a contract is defective. In all of these cases you study the established principles for allocating responsibility.

At the end of the module you can look at a problem scenario, identify the legal contractual issues involved and propose a solution or offer advice to the parties involved. This module is very relevant to the business environment.

The Law of Tort

You encounter a range of civil actions associated with tort and are introduced to tort as a compensation system. Module content draws on the issues of claiming compensation after an accident. Unlike criminal law, which determines guilt, you come to understand the way that tort seeks to apportion liability and award damages to compensate the injured party.

The most prominent area of tortious liability is negligence. You examine the elements required to establish liability in detail. The importance of understanding the components of negligence and how to minimise the risk of liability is relevant to all businesses. Other forms of tortious liability include trespass (to land and to the person), defamation and nuisance - you consider a range of these torts.

We emphasise developing your critical awareness of the issues underpinning the legal process of tort and enhancing your analytical abilities and written presentation skills. You consider how our society has adopted a litigation culture and the potential drivers.

 

Year 2 core modules

Contemporary Legal Issues

This module allows you to engage with research topics being pursued by members of academic staff at the University and in the wider academic community.

You are introduced to current issues in the legal profession by visitors with experience in the field. Seminars supplement your learning in this area and are followed up with complementary workshops and advanced reading.

Criminal Law

As perhaps the best known aspect of the legal system, criminal law presents an interesting and challenging area of study.

You are introduced to the English legal system and gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of criminal law, the principles of criminalisation and the basic elements of a crime. You examine some controversial aspects of criminal law, including, for example, particularly problematic criminal offences and defences and the way the criminal law responds to social problems.

Legal Research Methods and Skills

This module focuses on developing your research and presentation skills to prepare you for your dissertation. You cover a set of exercises using various sources in a sophisticated way. You become able to answer questions such as: how do I begin a research project in law? And how can I produce an interesting and relevant result? Some of the answers involve generic research skills and some are specific to law. The module uses flexible learning methods enabling you to gain confidence in your skills.

The Law of Equity and Trusts

You consider how equity has developed alongside the common law to provide justice in cases where the law provides no remedy or where the remedy is inadequate. You come to understand that the common law only provides the remedy of damages whereas equity provides additional remedies. These can include specific performance and injunctions - both are often the desired outcome of civil action.

You explore the legal ownership of property and its historys. You are introduced to the law’s most important contemporary uses in relation to family provision, pension funds and the operation of charities.

 

and two optional modules

EU Law

This module aims to introduce you to the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union. It also explores the operation of EC law, considering its relationship with domestic law and explains the function and application of some of the substantive legal provisions.

Family Law

Explore cohabitation, marriage, separation and divorce and consider the various legal aspects of these relationships. Examine how the law regulates the interaction of parties within a relationship, defining their rights and responsibilities, minimally during the course of the relationship, but in detail should it end.

The module also concentrates on children in family law. Traditionally the law focused on parents but modern developments, particularly those resulting in the Children Act 1989, have focused more on the rights of the child and the responsibilities of parents and others taking the place of parents.

You examine how private law (which regulates the relationship of the child to others) and public law (which focuses on child protection) are brought together.

Land Law

Law relating to the transfer of land affects us all. No piece of land is the same as another and the law has developed in the last 900 years to reflect this. Historically, land law was about large interests and traditional estates. This changed during the 20th century as more people aspired to be owner-occupiers and the individual home owner replaced the landlord as the dominant figure. In the latter part of the 20th century the owner-occupier couple replaced the single, predominately male owner.

Today, the process of compulsory land registration is completing the transformation of this subject. The focus of this module is co-owned, registered land as land law is taught in its modern, social context.

 

Final-year core module

Dissertation

This module begins with formal lectures and seminars covering topics like how to conduct a dissertation and the research process – timetabling, supervision, structure and guidelines will be covered. You will be provided with a supervisor to support and guide you through the dissertation process. Personal development is embedded within the process as you are expected to complete a reflective diary.

 

and four optional modules

Corporate Law

This module examines the law relating to public and private limited companies. It defines the legal framework, both statutory and common law, within which companies operate. You will learn to assess the conduct of a company, its members and directors, and the legal obligations. You will consider the law relating to all the main aspects of its operation - from forming a company to winding it up.

Criminal Law Theory

This module promotes a critical understanding of some of the theories that underpin our criminal law. From general legal philosophies to their particular effects on specific areas of criminal law, you explore the theories of culpability and blameworthiness in the context of specific academic debates.

You question which types of conduct should be criminalised, how the criminal law should treat mentally disordered offenders, when we should exempt individuals from criminal liability, whether the test for recklessness is subjective or objective, and whether there a place for negligence in criminal law.

Employment Law

Employment law consists of a series of statutory provisions and common law principles concerned with the regulation of the employment relationship. You study the contract of employment and a number of statutory employment rights (including, most notably, unfair dismissal).

At the individual level you examine discrimination in terms of sex, disability and equal pay. At the collective level, you consider collective bargaining, trade union law and industrial conflict. To a large extent, the law concerns the civil liberties of the citizen, as an employee, taking into account Britain’s membership of the European Union.

EU Law

This module aims to introduce you to the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union. It also explores the operation of EC law, considering its relationship with domestic law and explains the function and application of some of the substantive legal provisions.

Family Law

Explore cohabitation, marriage, separation and divorce and consider the various legal aspects of these relationships. Examine how the law regulates the interaction of parties within a relationship, defining their rights and responsibilities, minimally during the course of the relationship, but in detail should it end.

The module also concentrates on children in family law. Traditionally the law focused on parents but modern developments, particularly those resulting in the Children Act 1989, have focused more on the rights of the child and the responsibilities of parents and others taking the place of parents.

You examine how private law (which regulates the relationship of the child to others) and public law (which focuses on child protection) are brought together.

International Law

This module examines the principles and structures underpinning international law. You explore the sources and modes of development of international law and look into key international institutions and the operation and enforcement of international law in specific areas. The topic is considered in the context of current international issues.

By studying the nature of international law you become able to critically analyse the extent to which international law performs its function. The content of this module may vary to take account of current issues.

Land Law

Law relating to the transfer of land affects us all. No piece of land is the same as another and the law has developed in the last 900 years to reflect this. Historically, land law was about large interests and traditional estates. This changed during the 20th century as more people aspired to be owner-occupiers and the individual home owner replaced the landlord as the dominant figure. In the latter part of the 20th century the owner-occupier couple replaced the single, predominately male owner.

Today, the process of compulsory land registration is completing the transformation of this subject. The focus of this module is co-owned, registered land as land law is taught in its modern, social context.

Law of Evidence

This module focuses on the law of evidence in both the civil and criminal spheres. It examines key aspects of the admissibility of evidence and challenges you to explore the practical implications of the rules. Whilst the module is particularly suited for those who wish to continue their studies and join the professions, it is an academic module and examines the law of evidence from the academic viewpoint.

Medical Law

This module covers medical and mental health law in a broad context. You study the medical professions, and liability in medical law with a focus on medical negligence. You also cover birth and death, assisted reproduction and other topical debates. Spanning across the subject is the issue of consent – its scope and its implication for those with disability.

You explore compulsory detention in hospital, and treatment for those with a mental disorder and the law in relation to their discharge. You also examine how the law affects those without capacity.

Student Law Clinic

Teesside Law Clinic gives students the opportunity to work with real people on real cases, offering advice to members of the public in a number of areas of law. In addition to this students will have the opportunity to be involved in at least one Streetlaw project during their time in the clinic.

The number of places available within the Student Law Clinic is assessed on a yearly basis and as such an application process exists for potential candidates. The clinic will require students to commit to 4 hours per week, which will be on a rota basis. This is a pass/fail component of the course. In addition, weekly seminars will take place.

As part of the module students will be working on a number of live cases assessed under the supervision of a member of staff. In-course assessment accounts for 40% of total mark. This will be in the form of an essay of 2,000 words on a choice of area from 5 options. End-course assessment accounts for 60% of the total mark. This will be made up of a portfolio of evidence containing work carried out on 1-3 client files and a reflective essay of 1,500 words.

The Law of Succession

Many of the issues raised on this module relate to practical situations – you will be required to solve difficult and complex legal problems. Other issues are more theoretical - you will do some independent research, extracting your information from a variety of sources including the course manual, textbooks, journals, reports and electronic sources.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Under the guidance of experienced and committed staff your learning involves a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and guided reading. In lectures, specific information is delivered to larger groups while in the smaller seminar groups issues can be explored in more depth. Workshops are informal sessions in which you can extend your knowledge or seek further clarification of issues. Apart from scheduled teaching sessions, staff are readily available to provide further academic support and guidance. Also, during the academic year, a variety of distinguished guests deliver lectures which enhance your learning experience and broaden your legal education.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and includes essays, problem-solving questions, examinations, presentations, mooting, poster presentation and a dissertation. You also undertake 'formative' assessment, that is assessment which does not count towards your overall mark but provides you with feedback so you can realise your full potential in those assessments that do count.

Professional exemptions

Completion of the seven foundation subjects gives Qualifying Law Degree status, granting exemption from the academic stage of training as a solicitor or barrister.


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Work placement

The Law Section at Teesside has long established links with the local legal community. In addition to the opportunities provided by participating in the Law Clinic module, further prospects for interaction and networking opportunities with professionals have been facilitated by establishing a family law clinic and through our current Contemporary Legal Issues module.

You are encouraged and supported in your efforts to acquire work experience with solicitors, barristers and the opportunity to sit with a judge in court, where available. There are also opportunities for relevant voluntary work including through the University’s VolunTees scheme and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Career opportunities

Graduates from our LLB (Hons) programme gain the necessary exemptions from the academic stage of training. Whilst many of our graduates do choose to continue their studies through a range of professional courses or opportunities for further academic research, many others have successfully secured employment in such varied fields as teaching, management, the media, retail and a number of criminal justice agencies and related organisations and pressure groups.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). A level law isn't essential. You must also have GCSE English Language at grade C (or equivalent).

We recommend an Access course if you haven't any formal qualifications.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Minimum of 4 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime or evening
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

Contact details

Further information